Music And The Personal Computer: An Annotated Bibliography

Hardcover | October 1, 1989

byWilliam J. Waters

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Over the past six years personal computers have carved a deep niche in the music world. This widespread popularity is largely due to the establishment of the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) standard in 1983. This communications protocol allows computers to send, receive, and store digital information generated by various electronic musical instruments. In addition to numerous writings exploring the possibilities of present and future technology, this annotated bibliography offers educators many introductory sources, articles on how to evaluate and purchase equipment, and directories of available software. Specifically, it provides a collection of source material, an overview of significant publications in the field, and serves as a point of departure for further inquiry. Part I of the bibliography is divided into seven sections, each devoted to information regarding a specific computer. Articles written about two or more popular computers or models not covered elsewhere are detailed in part II. Music education is the subject of Part III and Part IV lists and annotates significant books. The appendix contains information on associations involved with the musical applications of personal computers and brief descriptions of several popular online services. Author and subject indexes are also included. Music and the Personal Computer covers a variety of topics that will be of interest to practicing musicians, music educators, and computer enthusiasts with interests in music.

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Over the past six years personal computers have carved a deep niche in the music world. This widespread popularity is largely due to the establishment of the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) standard in 1983. This communications protocol allows computers to send, receive, and store digital information generated by various el...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:187 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 1989Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313267901

ISBN - 13:9780313267901

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?The publication of articles and books on music and microcomputers has increased greatly in recent years, and it is therefore not surprising that three bibliographies on this subject have been issued during the past two years. In 1988 Deta Davis brought out her comprehensive Computer Applications in Music, and Craig Lister published his more selective The Musical Microcomputer (CH, Jan '89), and last year witnessed the appearance of Waters's volume, which effectively complements Davis's and Lister's bibliographies. Waters (Pensacola Junior College) has designed his compilation for the practicing musician and music educator, and the selection is limited primarily to articles and books printed between 1983 and 1989. However, more than 1,300 succinctly annotated sources are included. Waters's organizational plan is carefully thought out, with articles on specific computers (e.g., Commodore, IBM, Macintosh) being given the major share of the attention. In fact, most library users will find Waters's bibliography of more immediate practical use than those of Davis and Lister, which are geared more to researchers. Although libraries with large budgets should acquire all of these bibliographies, those with limited financial resources would be best advised to give preference to Waters's compilation. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.?-Choice